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Sale 1106 — 2015 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Thursday, 25 June, 2015

Category — Western Mails

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3057
c
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3057, Western MailsSTEAMER/WINFIELD SCOTT, STEAMER/WINFIELD SCOTTSTEAMER/WINFIELD SCOTT. Red two-line handstamp clearly struck on 1853 brown cover to Ellisburgh N.Y., perfectly clear strike of "Mokelumne Hill Cal. Nov. 28" circular datestamp with "Paid" and "6" handstamps, very faint waterstain, small nick in right edge

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE SEVEN KNOWN COVERS RECOVERED FROM THE WRECK OF THE PACIFIC MAIL STEAMSHIP COMPANY STEAMER WINFIELD SCOTT.

The Winfield Scott was a 1,291-ton steamer built in New York City in 1851, which was put into service along the Pacific Coast route in 1852. Her first trip as a Pacific Mail Steamship Co. contract vessel was on August 16, 1853. On December 1, 1853, she left San Francisco for Panama, but was stranded off Anacapa Island in the Santa Barbara Channel and lost. The mails, passengers and cargo were saved, and the recovered mail was transferred to the PMSS California, which left San Francisco on December 7 and arrived in Panama on December 24. The USMSC Illinois carried the mail from Aspinwall to New York (depart December 26, arrive January 5, 1854).

Our Levi records contain nine examples of the two-line handstamp, including seven recovered from the December 1 wreck. This and one other have the Mokelumne Hill circular datestamp (the other, dated November 25, realized $9,000 in our Sale 820, lot 103).

Ex Walske and "New Helvetia"

E. 5,000-7,500
4,000
3058
c
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3058, Western Mails1c Blue, Ty. IV, 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (9, 11), 1c Blue, Ty. IV, 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (9, 11)1c Blue, Ty. IV, 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (9, 11). Horizontal strip of three of 3c, margins to in, tied by "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 5" circular datestamp on cover to Philadelphia, clear strike of "By Mail Steamer, From Noisy Carrier's" in ribbon handstamp, minor edgewear with reinforced seams, 1c and left 3c small creases

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FINEST OF THE FEW COVERS KNOWN WITH THIS RARE FORM OF NOISY CARRIER'S MARKING.

Of the various types of markings used by Noisy Carrier's forwarding office on outbound mail from San Francisco, this is one of the scarcest and most difficult to find clearly struck. This cover's impressive pedigree includes the fastidious collectors Louis Grunin and David Jarrett, which testifies to its exceptionally choice quality.

Ex Knapp, Jessup, Haas, Grunin, Jarrett and Goldberg. With 2008 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
7,500
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3059
c
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3059, Western Mails3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Two singles, different shades, one with ample to large margins, rich orange color, stamp at left with ample margins to slightly in, upper right corner scuffed from peeling -- given the two different shades and condition of lefthand stamp, we think it was probably peeled off another envelope and re-used by the thrifty sender -- tied by "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 1" (1854) circular datestamp on brown cover to Oakdale Pa., perfectly clear strike of bluish-black "NOISY CARRIER'S PUBLICATION HALL/LONG WHARF SAN FRANCISCO/CHARLES P. KIMBALL PROPRIETOR" three-line handstamp in very small type, minor overall wear

VERY FINE COVER AND SUPERB STRIKE OF THIS THREE-LINE HANDSTAMP, WHICH IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL NOISY CARRIER'S MARKINGS. THE STRIKE ON THIS COVER IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXTANT.

This cover was carried on the PMSS Golden Gate from San Francisco to Panama (depart July 1), then by USMSC Illinois from Aspinwall to New York (depart July 16, arrive July 24).

Illustrated in Coburn Letters of Gold (p. 115). Ex Haas, Vogel, Walske and "New Helvetia".

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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3060
c
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3060, Western Mails10c Green, Ty. III (15), 10c Green, Ty. III (15)10c Green, Ty. III (15). Three large margins, just in at bottom, tied by light strike of "San Francisco Cal. 20 Jun." circular datestamp on 1857 "The San Francisco News Letter" illustrated newspaper depicting Eagle, Steamship, Train etc. and addressed to Troy N.Y., printed "P.M.S.S. Golden Age June 20" at upper left, newspaper does not accompany but with handwritten note inside, minor edgewear

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO NEWS LETTER ILLUSTRATED LETTERSHEET.

The "San Francisco News Letter" was sold by all Wells, Fargo & Co. agents throughout the state of California and was sent on each sailing of the Pacific Mail Steamship to Panama. This was carried on the PMSS Golden Age which departed San Francisco 21 June and arrived Panama July 4, it was then carried across the isthmus where it was carried on the USMSC Star of the West which departed Aspinwall July 4 and arrived New York July 13.

Ex Beane and Walske.

E. 7,500-10,000
8,500
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3061
c
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3061, Western MailsCalifornia Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L4), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L4)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L4). Large margins to just in, uncancelled as almost always, used with 10c Green, Ty. II (14), large margins to clear, tied by "San Francisco Cal. 16 Jul." circular datestamp on cover to Caroline Center N.Y., 10c small scissors-cut at top right, 5c creases at bottom right and light soiling, cover with some soiling and wear including surface scrape at right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED INTACT COVERS BEARING THIS RARE SAN FRANCISCO LOCAL POST STAMP, OF WHICH FOUR ARE USED WITH THE 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE.

The Frajola census records only four covers with this combination of the 10c 1855 and 5c adhesive, plus one other 5c Penny Post adhesive cover with a 3c 1851 (http://www.rfrajola.com/cpp/CP7.htm )

This was carried on the Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company's John L. Stephens which departed San Francisco on July 16, 1855, and arrived in Panama on July 31. it was then carried over the isthmus and put on the USMC Steamer Empire City which departed Aspinwall August 2 and arrived in New York on August 11.

Ex Dale-Lichtenstein and Walske. With 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
7,500
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3062
c
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3062, Western Mails10c Green, Ty. II/III (14/15), 10c Green, Ty. II/III (14/15)10c Green, Ty. II/III (14/15). With part of nine stamps, seriously defective with several stamps small remnants due to its unusual use, affixed to small leather gold rush pouch, other side of pouch with "Murphy's Cal. Jul. 3" circular datestamp and addressed to Yellow Spring Ohio, few markings slightly enhanced for readability

A PHENOMENALLY RARE GOLD RUSH POKE, OR POUCH, WHICH UNDOUBTEDLY CARRIED GOLD NUGGETS OR DUST, BEARING A LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE AND SENT FROM MURPHY'S CALIFORNIA TO OHIO. A REMARKABLE ARTIFACT OF THE GOLD RUSH ERA.

This likely contained about 4-1/2 ounces of gold, as the nine 10c stamps would have paid the rate of 10c per half ounce.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,000
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3063
c
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3063, Western Mails10c Green on Buff, Nesbitt entire (U18), 10c Green on Buff, Nesbitt entire (U18)10c Green on Buff, Nesbitt entire (U18). Bold strike of "Placerville Cal. Dec. 11 (1858)" circular datestamp, addressed to New York with sender's directive "By Salt Lake", original enclosure written by the brother of the recipient referring to the newly built Salt Lake Stage Road (Chorpenning Route) and mentioning "we have a good wagon road over the dreaded Sierra Mountains to Carson Valley - constructed this season & is 85 miles long over which the mail from the States passes in a 4 horse coach or wagon weekly.", he goes onto say "I may send this by the Salt Lake Route so that it may pass over the same road that I did in coming out here...", and more, entire with piece of the backflap missing, Very Fine, incredibly fascinating historical content

E. 2,000-3,000
2,300
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3064°
c
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3064, Western Mails10c Green, Ty. III (33), 10c Green, Ty. III (33)10c Green, Ty. III (33). Vertical pair and two singles, scissors-separated causing few s.e. sides, tied by neat strikes of "New Orleans La. Mar. 11, 1859" circular datestamps on folded letter to San Francisco, endorsed "Via Tehuantepec" at top left, minor edgewear

FINE. A RARE QUADRUPLE-RATE FRANKING SENT EAST TO WEST ON THE TEHUANTEPEC ROUTE. BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY SUCH FRANKING ON A COVER CARRIED VIA TEHUANTEPEC.

According to the Pony Express: Historic Resource Study website (http://www.nps.gov/archive/poex/hrs/hrs1b.htm): "...it began in October 1858, under contract to the Louisiana Tehuantepec Company. Starting from New Orleans, a Concord coach carried mail and passengers to Minatitlan on the east coast of Mexico. From there, the route crossed the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to the Pacific Coast. Mail and passengers were then transferred to steamships going to San Francisco. The new overland ocean service from New Orleans to San Francisco took approximately fifteen to eighteen days one way. The accomplishment of the new company clearly presented itself as a shorter and faster alternative to all previous ocean and overland mail routes." Despite its advantages, the Louisiana Tehuantepec Company's mail contract was not renewed by the Postmaster General in 1859.

Ex Kramer. Illustrated in Letters of Gold on p. 105.

E. 12,000-15,000
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3065
c
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3065, Western Mails10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). S.e. at left, tied by "San Francisco Cal. May 2?, 1860" circular datestamp on cover to Philadelphia, with "Per Overland Mail via Los Angeles" illustrated four-horse stagecoach design and Geo. H. Bell imprint, receipt docketing, light horizontal file fold affects stamp which has a small corner crease at bottom right and a sealed tear at right, still Very Fine and attractive cover, carried by Butterfield overland mail coach which left San Francisco May 28, ex Knapp and Walske

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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3066
c
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3066, Western Mails10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Tied by neat "San Francisco Cal. Mar. 5, 1860" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Cornville Me. with blue illustrated four-horse stagecoach design and "The Star of the Union--California" imprint, "Overland via Los Angeles U.S. Mail" on coach, barely reduced at left, minor soiling, Very Fine and attractive example of this scarce design, ex Jessup

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
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3067
c
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3067, Western Mails10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Choice centering, tied by neat strike of "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 22, 1859" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Brunswick Me. with "Overland Mail, Via Los Angeles" illustrated railroad propaganda design, stamp with some toning and fault at lower right, some edgewear, Very Fine appearance, a scarce design, ex Dale-Lichtenstein and Walske

E. 2,000-3,000
1,500
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3068
c
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3068, Western Mails10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Wide margins, tied by segmented grid cancel, "Timbuctoo Cal. May 17" circular datestamp on cover to Almont Mich. with "Via Panama" illustrated sidewheel steamship design, Randal & Co. of Marysville imprint, trivial edgewear

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND VERY RARE WOODCUT "VIA PANAMA" STEAMSHIP DESIGN USED WITH THE 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM TIMBUCTOO, CALIFORNIA.

Ex William West.

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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